Born OTD in 1873, Rudolf Rocker. Historically one of the most prominent forms of social anarchism, anarcho-syndicalism is a school of thought that views labour unions as a potential force for revolutionary social change, capable of replacing capitalism and the State with a new society democratically self-managed by the workers.

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The basic idea behind anarcho-syndicalism is to create an industrial workers’ union movement based on anarchist ideas, aiming eventually to abolish the wage system and state or private ownership of the means of production, which anarcho-syndicalists believe lead to class divisions.

Rudolf Rocker left Germany in 1892 to escape police harassment, eventually settling in the East End of London. Here he organised the immigrant workers, and soon rose to prominence as one of the best-known and best-informed European anarchists. This book is considered to be Rudolf Rocker’s most accessible work.

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